Philip Colligan: British Governance and Society: How to Innovate?


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Philip Colligan: British Governance and Society: How to Innovate?

  1. 1. British Governance and Society: How to Innovate• An introduction to Nesta• The innovation imperative• ?innovation• A few examples of our work• Some observations for discussion
  2. 2. About us• Nesta exists to grow the UK’s capacity to innovate - helping to generate great ideas and bring them to life• We work in partnership – across the public, commercial and social enterprise sectors and with civil society• We are independently funded and moving to charitable status in early 2012
  3. 3. Our capabilities Knowledgeand method research policy data Finance investments grants programmes Skills Networks methods communication coaching interdisciplinary mentoring convening
  4. 4. Public Services Lab• People powered public services• A public services eco-system that is better at generating great ideas and putting them into practice• The challenge of scale
  5. 5. The innovation imperative• A new financial reality, with no prospect of returning to previous levels of investment anytime soon• Longer term challenges, ageing society, long-term health conditions, consequences of lifestyles, changing expectations and more complex needs• A model of public services that is ill-equipped to respond to new challenges and opportunities• Growing recognition of the need for radical new solutions and a body of knowledge and examples from around the world
  6. 6. The innovation imperative Office for Budget Responsibility: Economic and Fiscal Outlook November 2010 Impact of demographic trends on Public Sector Net deficit
  7. 7. ?innovation
  8. 8. When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, Icertainly didnt plan to revolutionise all medicine by discoveringthe worlds first antibiotic, or bacteria killer, but I suppose thatwas exactly what I did.
  9. 9. Innovation is invariably a cumulative,collaborative activity in which ideas are shared,tested, refined, developed and applied. Charles Leadbeater 2008
  10. 10. Mapping public service innovation Formal Informal Sustaining Improve Combine Disruptive Reinvent Transform Developed by Charles Leadbeater, Nesta Fellow
  11. 11. Leading public service innovation Formal Informal Manager Collaborator Sustaining Detail Partner Incremental Combiner Visionary Entrepreneur Disruptive Hacker Campaigner Designer Mobiliser Developed by Charles Leadbeater, Nesta Fellow
  12. 12. 1 Prompts2 Proposals 6 Systemic3 Prototypes change 4 Sustaining 5 Scaling From the Open Book of Social Innovation, Young Foundation and Nesta
  13. 13. surveysasset mapping data analysis leadership user data crisis failure demand user feedback ethnography political mandate prompting scenario planning needs mapping new perspectivespetitions new technology critical walking research campaigns reframing questions
  14. 14. Life programme100 families in Swindon living in chronic crisisand with high levels of need: £250k per yearDesign team lived with 12 familiesMapped 18 years of state interventions, nochange in circumstances, no investment inreal changeInstitutional barriers and 80 / 20 split
  15. 15. participationchallenge prizes skunkworks recombinationuser led design inspiration interdisciplinarity idea markets crowdsourcing generating co-creation hack days design toolsopen calls for ideas camps horizon scanning
  16. 16. beta testing peer challenge role playingtheory of change elevator pitches piloting prototyping incubating developing mentoring co-design experimental zones simulations logic modeling accelerators
  17. 17. Transforming Early Years Nesta and Innovation Unit supporting six early years services Groups of families and professionals co- creating different, better and cheaper services
  18. 18. Neighbourhood Challenge Nesta and Big Lottery Fund, working with 17 community organisations Developing and testing new methods for stimulating and supporting community- led innovation Mass Localism: distributed solutions to problems Asset Based: assuming capacity to innovate Role of funding organisations
  19. 19. Creative Councils Nesta and Local Government Association, supporting councils to develop and implement transformative innovations Focusing on deliberate, systematic approaches to developing and implementing ideas, but also spread and scale Ideas include new approaches to democratic engagement, renewable energy self-sufficiency, impact investing and more
  20. 20. New models of public service deliveryPeople as assets Relationship based Collaborative Tapping into hidden wealth Social design + innovationPublic services as Distributedplatforms Local Outcome focused
  21. 21. Some observations • Lots of examples of innovation in public services, but still at the margins and mostly early stage • Barriers around culture, politics, commissioning practice, professionals, silos, accounting for value, the incumbency bias, scale • Inside or outside the system? • Culture eats strategy for breakfast
  22. 22. Some observations • Distributed solutions that add up to national impact? (the national / local dilemma) • Adaptive systems that deliver certain outcomes? (the politician’s dilemma) • Need for strategies, skills and methods for systematically developing new ideas and achieving impact at scale
  23. 23. @nesta_uk @philipcolligan